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Construction begins for new hospital in Tsirang

20150513_114652Lyonpo DN Dhungyel at the new hospital’s groundbreaking ceremony in Damphu, Tsirang

Health: Work to construct a 40-bed hospital in Damphu, Tsirang has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday.  Information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony. The new hospital, a government of India (GoI) project, will be constructed next to the existing hospital on an area of 5,000.60sqm. Lyonpo DN Dhungyel said that the government was fortunate to have received unwavering support from the GoI in providing good health facilities for the people. “Within this 11th Plan, the GoI has committed to assist government [... Read More]

New chadi protocol in pipeline

DSC_9666Elaborate chadi is allowed on significant days such as the National Day

Etiquette: The department of culture’s driglam namzha (traditional code of etiquette) division is currently drafting a new chadi (preparation) protocol.  It is expected to be complete and ready for implementation by the end of this year. Although details were not available, head of the division, Jigme Yoezer, said that it contained details on all types of chadi for all kinds of visitors. “We’re currently translating the new protocol into English,” he said, adding that the details were compiled into an about 50-page booklet. He added [... Read More]

Student trapped under fallen boulder rescued

7982b78d1eb0d454cfa82a965dee641-1Dzongkhag officals evacuate properties from the damaged hut

Accident: Dzongkhag officials and police yesterday rescued a class X student of Phuyum middle secondary school in Lhuentse who was trapped for three hours after a boulder rolled onto her hut. When the rock fell on the hut around 6.30am, she was in the kitchen preparing lunch for school.  According to the 16-year-old’s mother, Choki Wangmo, she was cleaning the drain with her son when she heard the boulder roll.  As soon as she called her daughter, the boulder landed on the kitchen and trapped [... Read More]

Second quake hits Nepal as first batch of Bhutan’s medical team returns

8P4A6374Back home: The first batch of 26 volunteers from the medical relief team to Nepal arrived in the country yesterday morning

Disaster: Just as the first returning batch of the Bhutanese medical relief team in Nepal entered Thimphu, a second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck Nepal yesterday. The remaining 52 members of the Bhutanese medical team, who are based in Trishuli, Nuwakot district, were reported safe, yesterday. As a result of the earthquake, the Nepal medical command centre has also requested the Bhutanese team to suspend its exit plan and remain in Nepal.  A second return batch was supposed to have arrived in Bhutan [... Read More]

Bongdema industrial estate sees progress

IMG_3201Officials attend the inaugural event for the bridge’s and access road’s construction

Economy: The long-awaited Bongdema Industrial Estate in Mongar saw some development with the inaugural of a bridge and an access road construction on May 10. Without a bridge and an access road, the department could not allot plots to the developers. “This (bridge and access road) was a necessity for the Bongdema industrial estate,” said an official from the department, KB Biswa. Once the road and bridge construction are completed, he said, basic infrastructure like electricity, water supply and other necessity infrastructure would be developed. [... Read More]

Tremor interrupts GNH discussion

pic-for-kuensel-2Panelists discuss GNH as a new development paradigm

Quake: Just as the last panelist, Bhutan Media Foundation’s director, Dawa Penjor, was speaking on Gross National Happiness (GNH) and media, the tremor that occurred around 1pm in Bhutan ended the discussion and sent some 25 participants rushing outside the Phuntsho Pelri hotel in Thimphu. Some 25 entrepreneurs and representatives from civil service organisations from around the world were discussing the concept of GNH and its application in the wellbeing of individuals yesterday.  The GNH Centre organised the discussion.

Restoration works on sacred choeten begins

10408494_732793463500026_4896110340885004620_nUnder Restoration: Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay with the monks and residents of Kawang install relics in the Mani Dangrim choeten at Dodeyna, Thimphu

Culture: About a hundred people consisting of dzongkhag officials, monks and the people of Kawang joined Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and home minister Damcho Dorji, to undertake restoration works on the historic Mani Dangrim choeten at Dodeyna yesterday. A new sokshing and nangtens (relics) were also installed inside the chorten. The sacred choeten was built by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo’s 10th reincarnate, Penchen Tenzin Choegyal in memory of his Tsawai Lama Kheydrup Tenzin Dhendup in the 18th century. During the 35th Birth Anniversary celebrations of His Majesty [... Read More]

Burglary cases in Thimphu fall off

20150511_123414On display: The recovered goods at the police station

Crime: Thimphu has seen reduction in burglary cases between the months of January and April this year compared with same months in the past two years. In 2013, the city recorded 78 burglary cases, and 87 in 2014. In the first four months this year, the police recorded only 65 burglary cases in the capital. Out of the total reported cases, 28 were detected and 20 suspects arrested. The police last month apprehended five suspects who were found to have been involved in 21 burglaries [... Read More]

Dog population management programme wins award

DSC_6218Since 2009 the dog population has been controlled

Over 56,000 strays have been sterilised and vaccinated so far Canines: Over 56,000 stray dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies in the past six years in the country.  Another 2,100 cats were also sterilised and vaccinated. This was done through the catch, neuter, vaccinate and release protocol, as part of the National Dog Population Management programme.  It was the last resort attempt to control dog population in Bhutan after several other initiatives failed in the past. For this, the department of livestock’s (DoL) [... Read More]

National squad not yet finalised

IMG_2080Head coach Tsukitate Norio instructs the players during a practice session yesterday

Tickets for Bhutan vs China game available for advance booking Football: With only a month left for the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualification match against Hong Kong on June 11, three new players are expected to join the national football squad. Bhutan Football Federation’s (BBF) media spokesperson, Phuntsho Wangdi, said they were changing the squad, because a few players in the national team are injured and would not make it for the first away game on June 11. “The change is not [... Read More]

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